RCMP talk man down from bridge

A flood of 911 calls about a man threatening to jump had RCMP racing to the silver bridge just south of Allenby Road in Duncan about 5 p.m. Thursday evening.

A 17-year-old man was standing outside of the guardrail midspan.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, along with South Island Traffic Services, quickly shut down a section of highway from Cowichan Bay Road to Allenby Road and called in a crisis negotiator.

The negotiator was able to talk the man out of committing suicide. He was taken into custody and transported to hospital where he was evaluated and admitted, police said.

“The RCMP would like to thank those who called 911,” said Cpl. Krista Hobday of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP in a news release. “Their concern and subsequent calls, combined with the quick response from several police units, gave this man a second chance.”